As someone who sells vintage items, it’s important to make sure my newest finds end up in my shop and not scattered throughout my house. The urge to over-decorate my tiny two-room apartment with beautiful vintage goods is tough to fight, but I’ve found that if I create rules for myself I tend to stick to them. One of my rules is that I can only keep something I love if it is a) useful b) easy to store and c) makes my life better in some way. These rules are how I came to cherish a very small collection of vintage teacups. They are incredibly useful in their capacity to hold hot, delicious drinks. Each one sits neatly atop my bookcase in its own metal display stand. And when I carve a few minutes out of my afternoon to boil a pot of water and sit back with a nice cup of tea, I’m amazed at how much good it does for my soul. And so without further ado, I present some of my favorite vintage tea cup finds for anyone needing a bit of beautiful ‘me-time’, vintage style!
I personally love teacups from Germany and Bavaria, as they have a delicacy and style that appeals to my love of Art Nouveau. This stunning blue set from Circe Collectables showcases some of that gorgeous mid-century design. Curving lines, touches of metallic gold and bold colors, as well as lovely matching plates for your afternoon snacks!
Perhaps you prefer to take your tea with friends and loved ones – a cherished tradition spanning decades and continents. This set of four matching teacups from Gazaboo is the perfect and affordable start to any teacup collection. You’re ready to host with this lovely ivy-covered set, which begs to be paired with tea sandwiches and enjoyed outside on a lovely summer or fall day.
If a tea party is more your style, you may prefer a larger matching set. Kathi of All Things White offers this stunning, heirloom quality set of 10, perfect for bridal showers or a large brunch. Classic, elegant, and stylish, this set would make a great wedding gift for the bride or groom who like to host (or have a big family!), and the gold rims lend themselves to more formal affairs.
I personally prefer individual teacups, generally with soft floral patterns – and so one of my favorite shops on Etsy is the perfect fit. Deb at Whimzy Thyme offers this gorgeous autumn teacup and saucer set. I can just imagine curling up in a blanket on my porch in October and sipping a blueberry maple tea out of this beautiful cup. It’s an excellent gift for the fall birthday tea-lover!